IMDB Rating 7.8/10 107 min - Rated 18 Horror | Thriller
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates Director: Rob Reiner
Novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) crashes his car on a remote New England road and is rescued by friendly nurse Annie Wilkes (Bates). Coincidentally she is a big fan of his books and in particular, the heroine Misery Chastaine. Recuperating in her house, Sheldon soon realizes Annie is more than a little unhinged and effectively he becomes a prisoner. Stephen King's literary adaptations are notoriously hit-or-miss. The success of Misery stems from the experience and talent involved. Director Rob Reiner had an exceptional run up to Misery, successive hits including Stand By Me, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally made him one of the hottest directors in Hollywood and gave him the power to pick his collaborators. Employing the talents of veterans like actor James Caan (The Godfather), Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld (Miller's Crossing) and screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Reiner carefully composed a tense thriller, into which he injected Kathy Bates, the adrenalin shot to the film. She is magnificent as Sheldon's deranged super-fan and her impressive performance rightly earned her an Academy Award. As with many of the genre's best examples, Misery doesn't assault the viewer prematurely. Instead, it carefully establishes the situation and then starts to build tension, making any act of violence seem all the more extreme and effective. The best example of this is the drastic measure Annie reasons must be taken to prevent Sheldon's escape. In King's book she removes his feet, but the alternative here is even more upsetting to witness.